AMD Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Intel Core i5 8600K: the best gaming CPU in the year 2018!

Should you get a Ryzen or Core i5, if you're looking for the best gaming CPU?

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Benchmarks: Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildlands remains a pretty heavy game, especially for the GPU. In CPU performance we see few differences, although the blue bar is just a bit faster in all cases. AMD only wins with the frame time on 4K medium.

Frame times - Ghost Recon: Wildlands (AMD RX Vega 56)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 26.3 ms 18.6 ms 34 ms 35.2 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 25.1 ms 18.2 ms 32.9 ms 36 ms

With a Nvidia video card, we see the same picture, although the frame rates are slightly higher in absolute terms and the differences increase slightly as a result.

Frame times - Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti)
  1080p - ultra 1440p - medium 1440p - ultra 4K - medium
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 22.8 ms 16.1 ms 29.3 ms 29.1 ms
Intel Core i5 8600K 21.5 ms 15.4 ms 28.3 ms 28.9 ms

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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Boxed

Socket AM4, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 12 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$209.99

Avg. $221.99
4 shops, 3x stock

Intel Core i5 8600K Boxed

Socket 1151, 3.6 GHz, 6 cores, 95 W, 14 nm, Integrated graphics

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$239.99

Avg. $259.89
3 shops, 2x stock

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